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Sense: 1,3
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from chin 'crack' (11-16 centuries), from Old English cine
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

chink

1 noun
     
chink1
1 [countable] a small hole in a wall, or between two things that join together, that lets light or air through [= crack]
chink in
The sun came through a chink in the curtains.
2 [countable] British English a high ringing sound made by metal or glass objects hitting each other [= clink]:
the chink of coins
3

a chink in somebody's armour

a weakness in someone's character or in something they have said, that you can use to attack them

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